Teen charged with having explosives guilty of car theft

July 21, 1998

A Westminster-area boy was found guilty of auto theft charges in Carroll County juvenile court yesterday and sentenced to the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School, a facility for juvenile offenders in Baltimore County.

The boy, 17, who is not being named because of his age, received a harsher sentence because he had been charged in March in connection with a quantity of explosives found in a wooded area of Bennett Cerf Park behind Random House in Westminster.

About 60 explosive devices also were in the youth's home, and his father also was charged, according to court records.

Baltimore man charged in Westminster burglaries

A Baltimore man was being held on $25,000 bail yesterday after his arrest Sunday in a series of burglaries and thefts in Westminster last winter, police said.

Willie C. Williams, 22, of the 1900 block of W. North Ave. initially was sought on 20 theft and related charges in Carroll County as William James Byrd, an alias he has used, court records show.

In charging documents, police allege that Williams stole money, credit cards and bank cards from Kay-Bee Toys and Toy Works at Cranberry Mall, Big Lots and Country Liquors at 140 Village Shopping Center and Kmart on Englar Road between Jan. 16 and Feb. 22.

Police

Westminster: A resident of Schaeffer Avenue reported Thurs- day that someone damaged the door to his residence. Damage was estimated at $250.

Westminster: An employee of a law firm on Court Street reported Thursday that someone removed a sign and bracket from a post in front of the business. Loss was estimated at $100.

Westminster: A resident of Owings Mills reported July 15 that someone entered her locked vehicle and removed property while the car was parked on Pennsylvania Avenue near the Western Maryland College golf course. Loss was estimated at $1,452.

Westminster: A resident of East Main Street reported Sunday that someone entered his vehicle and removed items while the car was parked in a lot to the rear of East Main Street. Loss was estimated at $660.

Westminster: An employee at Westminster Elementary School on Uniontown Road reported Saturday that someone broke into the school and shattered windows between 11: 16 a.m. and 7: 48 p.m. Saturday. Damage was estimated at $1,659.

Fires

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 5: 19 p.m. Friday to a cleanup detail at Route 140 and Malcolm Drive. Units were out 40 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 8: 51 p.m. Friday to a fire alarm in the 200 block of E. Main St. Units were out 20 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 1: 24 p.m. Saturday to a trash fire on West Main Street. Units were out 11 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 8: 54 p.m. Saturday to investigate a fire in the area of North Gorsuch and Tannery roads. Units were out 34 minutes.

Pub Date: 7/21/98

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